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Switzerland

Students hurt as bus ploughs into barn

A Fribourg public transport bus carrying 80 teenaged school children crashed into a barn in Grenilles, a village in a rural area of the canton on Thursday, injuring more than half the occupants.

Boy who sewed lips shut to stay in Sweden
Sweden

Boy who sewed lips shut to stay in Sweden

The 15-year-old boy from Afghanistan who sewed his mouth shut after his residency application was rejected will not be deported from Sweden after a previous decision was reversed on Thursday.

TV crew in Stavanger to shoot last ever episode of The Killing
Norway

TV crew in Stavanger to shoot last ever episode of The Killing

The celebrated team behind Danish crime drama series The Killing is in Stavanger on Norway’s west coast this week to record the last ever episode of the hugely successful show.

GEMA faces march of the angry clubbers
Germany

GEMA faces march of the angry clubbers

Thousands of club and disco owners took to the streets on Thursday to protest a proposed hike in charges by Germany's music royalty organization GEMA - which sent an angry email to its members in response.

ECB unveils new bond-buying scheme
Germany

ECB unveils new bond-buying scheme

The European Central Bank unveiled a new bid to save the euro on Thursday, with a fresh programme to buy bonds from indebted eurozone countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel travelled to Spain to reassure Prime Minister Rajoy.

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Sweden

Swede among victims of French Alps massacre

A Swedish woman was among the victims when four people were fatally attacked by a gunman in the French Alps, the prosecutor in charge of the case said on Thursday.

Belgian minister eyes citizens’ Swiss accounts
Switzerland

Belgian minister eyes citizens’ Swiss accounts

There are "some 30 billion" euros held by Belgian taxpayers in Swiss bank accounts, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said on Thursday as he advocated a possible deal to claw back one third.

‘Swenglish’: the definitive guide and top ten
Sweden

‘Swenglish’: the definitive guide and top ten

"Swenglish" is a bi-lingual language phenomenon unique to the nearly 10 million Swedes roaming the planet. But what exactly is it and why is it so funny? The Local's Oliver Gee finds out more.

Rain eases as Germany catches last rays
Germany

Rain eases as Germany catches last rays

Germany is basking in a late-summer glow as September rolls in, with sunny days and steadily cooling nights. The rain should hold off over the weekend for most of the country, the national weather service DWD said.

Hiring foreigners ‘good for business’: study
Sweden

Hiring foreigners ‘good for business’: study

Employing foreign workers can mean a boost for businesses in terms of increased trade and competitiveness, a Swedish study has found.

Bring back your empties, Munich brewers beg
Germany

Bring back your empties, Munich brewers beg

In a last-ditch bid to prevent a slowly unravelling catastrophe to rival the ongoing euro crisis, Munich brewers have called on the city's beer lovers to return their empty bottles, as shortages have left supermarket shelves dangerously empty.

Rung swims to third medal at Paralympics
Norway

Rung swims to third medal at Paralympics

Sarah Louise Rung swam to a second silver medal at the Paralympics in London on Tuesday as she was defeated in the final of the 100m breaststroke by Ukraine’s Natalia Prologaieva.

Putin weighs in on Assange: ‘it’s political’
Sweden

Putin weighs in on Assange: ‘it’s political’

Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday said the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared "political", accusing Britain of double standards over his extradition order to Sweden on sex crime accusations.

Man dies after doc takes lunch during kidney op
Sweden

Man dies after doc takes lunch during kidney op

A 72-year-old man having a tumour removed from his kidney died after the chief anesthetist and nurse took a lunch break in the middle of the surgery.

Study finds ‘chain of errors’ among doctors
Germany

Study finds ‘chain of errors’ among doctors

German doctors made over 4,000 errors last year, a new health insurers' survey found. Around a third of patients' complaints against hospitals and doctors' practices were upheld.

Police hunt for missing boy, 11
Germany

Police hunt for missing boy, 11

German police are appealing for information regarding an 11-year-old boy who went missing in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday afternoon.

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France

French jobless total rises again

Mainland French unemployment climbed to 9.7 percent of the workforce in the second quarter of 2012, an increase of 0.1 percent from the first three months of the year, official data showed Thursday.

Great green energy hope for Germany and India
Germany

Great green energy hope for Germany and India

As Germany and India mark 60 years of diplomatic relations, and with trade between the two countries booming, a huge opportunity is opening for the countries to cooperate in the renewable energy sector, argues Vijeta Rattani.

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France

Taxi driver’s mother: my son’s a good boy

The mother of an illegal taxi driver charged with the 2008 kidnapping and murder of a Swedish student in Paris on Wednesday asked a court to show leniency to her "good boy".

What’s on in Germany: September 6 – 12
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 6 – 12

This Week's Highlights: Fantasy films screen in Cologne, contemporary art hangs in Hamburg, and it's “Music Week” in Berlin.

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France

Tourist family murdered in Alps gun attack

A four-year-old girl miraculously survived a deadly gun attack in the French Alps that left her father, mother and grandmother dead and her elder sister seriously injured, officials said on Thursday.

Sweden cuts repo rate as economy slows
Sweden

Sweden cuts repo rate as economy slows

Sweden's slowing economy and dampened concerns about inflation prompted the Riksbank to cut the country's benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent to 1.25 percent on Thursday.

Woman held after human bones found in her flat
Sweden

Woman held after human bones found in her flat

A Gothenburg woman is being held on murder suspicions after police found parts of a human skeleton in her apartment on Wednesday while responding to a call that she had been firing a weapon from her window.

Oslo peacemakers brace for Colombia challenge
Norway

Oslo peacemakers brace for Colombia challenge

Norway, which has made peacemaking one of the pillars of its foreign policy with varying results, could succeed in its efforts to mediate an end to the 50-year conflict in Colombia, experts suggest.

Roger Federer crashes out of US Open
Switzerland

Roger Federer crashes out of US Open

Roger Federer saw his dream of becoming the first man in 87 years to win six US Opens destroyed by big-swinging Czech Tomas Berdych Wednesday in the Swiss legend's earliest New York defeat in nine years.

Lufthansa cancels 1,200 Friday flights
Germany

Lufthansa cancels 1,200 Friday flights

German flag-carrier Lufthansa said it would cancel two-thirds of its Friday flights after a cabin crew union announced a 24-hour stoppage at six major airports.

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Switzerland

Wawrinka retires as Djokovic marches on

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached his 14th successive Grand Slam quarter-final on Wednesday when Swiss 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka was forced to retire from their US Open last-16 match.

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Switzerland

Swiss may mediate in Hungary-Armenia row

Switzerland is prepared to assist Hungary and Armenia, whose relations have soured over the killer of an Armenian soldier in Budapest, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Wednesday without specifically referring to the murder case.

Liechtenstein mulls lifting banking secrecy
Switzerland

Liechtenstein mulls lifting banking secrecy

Liechtenstein is considering automatically sharing information on bank accounts held by foreigners in the Alpine nation, enabling taxation by their home countries, Prime Minister Klaus Tschütscher said in a newspaper interview on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Luxury giant Richemont sees sales soar

Swiss luxury goods group Richemont's sales catapulted by 23 percent year-on-year in the first five months of its 2012-13 accounting year, the company announced on Wednesday ahead of its annual assembly.

Jewish graves vandalized in northern Germany
Germany

Jewish graves vandalized in northern Germany

Unknown vandals desecrated six Jewish tombstones at a cemetery in the northeastern German city of Rostock with graffiti including Nazi swastikas, police said Wednesday.

New index ranks Sweden ‘best’ at using the web
Sweden

New index ranks Sweden ‘best’ at using the web

Sweden is the most effective country at using the internet to better people's lives, according to a new ranking released on Wednesday by a foundation headed by Tim Berners-Lee, British inventor of the World Wide Web.

Sweden’s Jacobsson shoots way to 17th Paralympic gold
Sweden

Sweden’s Jacobsson shoots way to 17th Paralympic gold

The Paralympic Games' most decorated male athlete, Jonas Jacobsson of Sweden, on Wednesday shot his way to the 17th gold of his career, taking the men's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 title in London.

Bosses’ brains work differently, scans show
Germany

Bosses’ brains work differently, scans show

The idea that bosses “think differently” is not just something stressed underlings mutter under their breath – they actually use different parts of their brains than non-managers do when making decisions, German scientists say.

Swede’s accused killer ‘was a good boy’: mum
Sweden

Swede’s accused killer ‘was a good boy’: mum

The mother of an illegal taxi driver charged with the 2008 kidnapping and murder of a Swedish student in Paris on Wednesday asked a court to show leniency to her "good boy".